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Flint Police say your tips, good police work led to recent arrests, charges

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(01/29/14) - Flint Police Chief James Tolbert says help from you, plus good police work, has led to arrests and charges in recent, violent crimes - but investigators still need help.

Police are asking the third teen, believed to be tied to a vicious attack on an elderly MTA bus driver last Thursday night, Jan. 23, to turn himself in.

Flint Police Captain Collin Birnie says the assault, captured by a bus camera, was a version of the widely publicized "knockout game" where an unsuspecting person is punched for the amusement of those involved.

Flint Police Detective Sergeant Karl Petrich, assigned to the case, says two teenagers were mad the bus driver made them pay to ride. Petrich released the images to ABC12. They aired the next day.  Someone called in an anonymous tip to police.

A 16-year-old boy, Petrich thinks threw the punch, turned himself in Monday, Jan. 20. 

He and a 15-year-old boy, who investigators say recorded the attack on his cell phone, have both been charged as juveniles with assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, according to Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton.

"When we ask for these tips, this is exactly what we're looking for," Tolbert said.

Police say the Sunday murder of 37-year-old Amber Alexander may still be unsolved if not for the people who called 911, with a vehicle description, when they saw her on the ground beaten and with cuts to her throat. 

"When police arrived, they started broadcasting the information," said Flint Police Detective Sergeant Jason Cate, the officer assigned to the case.

Cate says, within 20 minutes, Michigan State Police had 26-year-old Brian Turner stopped and arrested. He was arraigned on murder, home invasion and maintaining a drug home charges, Wednesday.

At a news conference, police praised the cooperation of the public and the work officers were able to do because of it. 

They're now hoping you can help them again.

"We do not know the whereabouts of Amier Hill at this time," said Flint Police Lt. Leigh Golden.

Hill is described as a dangerous parole absconder and is already charged in a shooting and armed robbery Thursday, Jan. 23, and considered a person of interest in two beatings, at a home in the 500 block of Avon St. in Flint, Sunday afternoon. 

Police are still trying to identify a second suspect. One man was, at last check, in critical condition. A woman, also attacked, but able to escape out of a second story window, is expected to be OK.

Police ask that you immediately call 911 or Crime Stoppers, that's 1-800-SPEAK-UP, if you see Hill.  They stress that you should not approach him as he is considered armed and dangerous.

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